Building My Work Shop #12: It was a VERY Merry Christmas! (Mega Tool Gloat!)

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 01-16-2011 10:54 PM 3258 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow what a great year 2010 was! Had a fantastic year getting involved in woodworking.

As the year came to a close I discovered some absolutely amazing prices on some tools I really wanted for my shop. from late November to today I have added some very useful tools that should help me get quite a bit of sawdust made in 2011.

For the most part the items came from CL and folks that were in need of some extra Christmas money. It ended up being a win win for me and them.

First purchase was a 2 micron top filter for my Jet DC-1200. I really like my DC1200 but the amount of dust that came our of that 30 micron cloth top was awful on my lungs and the cleanliness of the house. Came across a guy selling one on CL for $100 bucks and jumped on it. The filter has made a huge difference in the amount of dust in the air, and on every surface in the shop.

Next I found a Jet 6” Jointer on CL for $200! It was a bit of a drive to get it but man it will make a big difference on all the non dimensioned wood I buy. Love the mobile base of course. Even came with 3 sets of extra blades.

Next up was the big sale at Rockler! $25 gift card with purchase of great Bessey Clamps. Picked up two sets and used the gift cards towards the purchase of a Jet AFS-1000. What a great purchase this has been. Along with the new DC filter I have almost no dust in the garage or the house (when I remember to close the door). It was a real pain in the butt to put up but I eventually rigged a system together to hoist it up onto eye bolts. The remote is an absolute must for this item.

Suddenly Christmas was upon us and Christmas morning I was suprised by the gift I had really wanted. A Dewalt 18v lithium 1/2” drill/driver, that I had purchased a week earlier from My wife is a great lady know that she should grab it before I could use it, wrap it up, and slip it under the tree ;)

Now as some of you may know I had a little issue with my portable planer exploding. Luckily the only thing damaged was the Planer. I was done playing with the damn thing as it has broken numerous times. I decided to take it back to Harbor Freight, where I got store credit. Their products may not be the best but they are really good when it comes to service. After doing quite a bit of research I decided on a Lathe which I picked up on New years day using the 25% off coupon. I ended up getting the Central Machinery 34706 12” x 33” reversible head Lathe. By researching I found out it is a knock off of the Jet 1236 Lathe with a couple major but easy to fix issues.

I have had the lathe for 14 days now and everything I read would go wrong has. First I eliminated the weak base issues by mounting it directly to my Universal Tool Stand, that has given me a nice solid base without vibration. Next up are the clamp handles which stripped within 2 days of use. Found good quality replacement clamps at Grainger for $20. They worked great but a secure tool rest caused the next known issue of the Banjo coming loose. Figured out that this is caused by the nut on the bottom of the banjo coming loose. I picked up some Locktite which secured the nut and took care of that. Finally two days ago the last known issue raised it’s ugly head, the crappy drive belt started slipping. That will be an easy replacement this afternoon when I go up to Napa after my Seahawks make The Greatest Comeback in NFL History!! Ok maybe not but hey I can dream!

All told the fixes cost me $35 and an hour of my time. Not bad way to get a decent Lathe. Instead of paying $700+ for the Jet 1236 I get the same exact Lathe for a broken crappy planer and a little time and effort. Plus it kicks but over my Shopsmith Lathe which vibrated violently when doing anything more than a 2” spindle. If I hadn’t done the research I would have been pissed but being fully informed I was able to make a decision and deal with the shortcomings.

So got my standalone Lathe which made it a must to get some new Lathe Tools!!!

2 sets from PSI and a couple of nice Sorby Bowls Gouges.

Then I needed to Sharpen those Lathe Tools with a Wolverine Sharpening Jig!

Of course a Pen Press/Drilling Jig for my Pen & Projects

Oh and some Bowl Blanks to get started on!

And a Large Sycamore Tree for Bowl Blanks later this year!

Having fitted the shop with all of these great tools I still had one BIG problem. That damn Shopsmith made it a pain in the butt to do anything quickly. No quick drill press use or quick rip cuts. So made the big decision this week to scrap the dang thing and get dedicated machines.

First off is the Drill Press, picked up a nice Delta on stand for $100!

Well that’s all for now! I am picking up a little Delta Bandsaw later today and in the next few weeks will be getting either a Powermatic or Sawstop Table Saw.

Hope you all have a fantastic 2011 making loads of Sawdust!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 11:17 PM

You’re on a roll! Have fun and be safe.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 11:24 PM

Well looks like you are all ready to make saw dust and shavings ;) So tell me are you in the shop… It’s fun, huh! Enjoy!!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 12:25 AM

Sweet, you were not kidding about the megatool gloat. Looks liek a pretty well outfitted shop. Look forward to seeing some of the projects that come out of it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 03:39 AM

Man, you should be as happy as a pig in poop!!

Nice setup. I must get some sort of dust collection.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 04:32 AM

Good for you, such a great haul from CL.
It is really smart to spend some dough on the protection of your lungs and less dust into the house
I have not had such good luck with CL around my parts, I’ve got some Christmas money just burning a hole in my pants

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 07:13 AM

Way to go! You ought to be making saw dust in no time flat. Can’t wait to see what you make using all those great tools.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 10:18 AM

Thanks all! I am pretty excited by the shop! Although right now I am soooo frustrated trying to turn a bowl that doesn’t turn into a goddamn doughnut! LOL I keep doing the same damn thing. Thankfully it is mostly due to the crappy belt on my new Lathe. I struck out replacing it today but I got it narrowed down so I should be able to replace it tomorrow. I have to get a good complete bowl done to thank a friend for helping me out the other day.

From then it will be time to jump into using my other tools. The wife ordered two bookcases a month ago and is not too happy that they haven’t even been started yet. But I have been Lathe obsessed since mid November. I don’t think I will be buying that new Table Saw unless I get those bookcases done. Sad thing is I have all the lumber bought, the plans are done, I just gotta do the fun stuff now. But that bloody lathe!

Yes the dust collection has been critical for me. I have horrible allergies and bad sinuses so before I installed the DC and AF I was constantly sick. Everytime I went in and built something I would end up blowing black stuff out of my nose for 2 days. Worse was Purpleheart in my cutting boards resulted in the dreaded “Malaise & flu like symptoms” which really sucks. Worse was the mess it was making of the interior of the house and the resulting hammering I took from the wife over her having to constantly dust. I would rather be sick than deal with her pissed at me ;) Although she got pissed at me being sick too so it was pretty much a lose lose situation. Since the DC & AF things have been fantastic!

For those that don’t have the same immediate reaction, the long term effects from inhaling all that dust is really bad. I guess I am lucky that the short term effects are bad enough to make it a must to prevent dust inhalation. But just think about how dusty your shop gets. That layer of fine sawdust everywhere is also on your entire respiratory system. YUCK!!!!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 04:42 PM

All I got to say is WOW!!!!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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